ECU has Western Australia's oldest and largest School of Education, with over 100 years of experience in teacher education.
We offer the widest range of Secondary teaching specialisations across all Western Australian universities.
We're also the most popular school, graduating more professional educators than any other institution in the state.
And our Teacher Education graduates have dominated the annual WA Education Awards in recent years, including winning Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Teacher of the Year, as well as Primary and Secondary Principals of the Year.
ECU has been named in the Top 200 for Education in the QS World Rankings for 2015.
The rankings highlight the world’s top universities across 36 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.
It’s the third year in a row that our Education program has been included in the world’s top 200.
Your teaching career will get off to a great start at ECU. You'll benefit from:
Our University Preparation Courses for Education Assistants (UniPrep) are a popular starting point into the teaching profession.
Completing an Education or Teacher Assistant course can also give you an alternative pathway to studying an undergraduate teaching degree at ECU.
Find out more about UniPrep courses.
With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.
At ECU, we offer Graduate Diplomas in Early Childhood Studies, Primary Education and Secondary Education – all are recognised in Australia and the UK.
So, if you already have a Bachelor's degree, you can complete the course in just one year and begin teaching.
If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to the lives of young people, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.
ECU courses are highly practical and delivered in well-equipped facilities to support all areas of learning.
Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to help you become a teacher – through pioneering research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.
And our courses are accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia. Early Childhood Studies courses have been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU –Teacher Education is one of those study areas.
Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) or a Bachelor of Education (Secondary).
For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major subject, like Physical Education, Music, or Mathematics.
Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. You can study our Master of Education (by Research) or a Master of Education (by Coursework).
These one-year full-time courses are for graduates in a wide range of disciplines who wish to become qualified teachers.
Teacher Education is offered at all of our campuses – Mount Lawley, Joondalup and South West (Bunbury) – so you can choose a location that best suits you.
You can also study some of our undergraduate or postgraduate courses online.
Our campuses have varied purpose-built facilities to support areas of learning, such as:
We also work in partnership with other ECU faculties and schools, such as WAAPA and the School of Communications and Arts, to give our students access to their specialist facilities.
Our student association, Network Teach, gives you the opportunity to develop strong networks and contribute to community projects. The group has received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Peer Mentoring, and mentors high school students at partner schools through the ‘ECU Mates' program.
In their own words: meet our Teacher Education students.
Teacher Education students, including Kenyan student Paula Oduk, talk about their experiences at our multicultural university, where they've made friends with people from all over the world, learned from knowledgeable and supportive teaching staff and simply enjoyed watching kids learn.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.
We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.
So when you graduate with a Teaching degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!
ECU Teacher Education graduate, Hannah Dodds talks about her experience.
"ECU’s practical experience put me in a good position to win a national teaching award."
"Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. My passion for working with children was further developed through coaching soccer. I decided to study teaching at ECU based on its excellent reputation. While studying I received valuable feedback from my mentors and supervisors, and always felt supported by my tutors. This was particularly important while juggling study as well as playing for the Perth Glory Women’s team in the national W-League. My overall experience studying at ECU was really positive. One of the major benefits that I gained from my course was the time I spent on prac which has put me in a good position for the first two years of my career. I was surprised and very humbled to have recently been awarded a National OfficeMax Exceptional Teacher Award!"
"I was given the opportunity to work with the best professionals in the teaching field."
"I chose ECU because they have the best reputation for teacher education. My time at ECU has been life changing. I was given the opportunity to work with the best professionals in my field, with years of international experience. These professionals will go the extra mile to assist you – and make a real difference to your education. My prac was spent in Perth metropolitan schools, learning how schools and our communities work together to benefit all. I have observed, organised and taught. This first-hand experience has been vital for my development as an Early Childhood teacher and will no doubt benefit me throughout my career."
Early Childhood Education graduate
We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.
You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.